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April 2nd, 2018

  • Image preview 4:30pm: “But how could we sing the Lord’s song in a strange Land?” Slave Religion and Consciousness in the Afro-Peruvian Diaspora
    Consortium for Faculty Diversity Dissertation Fellow, James Padilioni, Jr., will give a lecture that interrogates the experience of Black chattel slavery by centering slave religion. In particular, I focus on Martin de Porres (1579-1639), a mixed-race friar from Lima, Peru who ministered to the enslaved community. The Vatican canonized Martin in 1962 as the patron saint of social justice. Martin and the enslaved community’s Catholic practices reveal the ways Africans made sense of their American captivity by selectively braiding together aspects of their indigenous traditions with the trappings of Baroque Spanish Catholicism. By reinterpreting their worldviews in additive and expansive ways, enslaved Africans creatively worked out new forms of spiritual knowing that related them to the material conditions of their lives. I approach these ritual practices as critical expressions of Afro-Peruvian values that harbored memory, catalyzed everyday politics, and populated integrated social worlds that span spiritual and material planes, returning the full potentiality of the divine to those most-marginalized on Earth.

April 24th, 2018

  • Image preview 4:30pm - 6:00pm: History Senior Thesis Poster Session

    Please join the students in Professor Jane Hunter’s history research seminar on Power and Culture in the United States (and the Americas) as they present their theses at the end-of-semester poster session.  The research seminar is the capstone course of the history major.  Student theses involve in-depth primary source research, mastery of historical literature on a chosen subject, and intense editing, revision, and peer review.  The goal of the seminar is the completion of an original and rigorously researched thesis that advances historical scholarship.


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